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In Russia’s Arctic, Navalny activist’s election bid is crushed

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By Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) – First came leaflets in her stairwell accusing her of encouraging children to become gay. Then her office was vandalised and its windows shot at. And after that she was taken to hospital for COVID-19 treatment that she said she did not need or want. Violetta Grudina, an opposition activist in Russia’s Arctic port city of Murmansk, says the intimidation began after she said she would run for the city council in local elections being held alongside a federal parliamentary vote on Sept. 17-19. She says she does not know who placed the leaflets, shot the windows …

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